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Muscle loss from diet

I’m a 23 yr. old female. I cut all bread wheat and potatoes out of my diet. I really don’t eat starches at all besides black beans. I eat a lot of veggies and some fruit, mostly tomato. I occasionally eat red meat but mostly shrimp. if I just eat shrimp with a meal I make sure to eat some cheese with it for some fat. the only dairy I eat is cooking my food in butter and a little cheese. I feel weak a lot and am concerned about losing muscle mass. I drink some water and take fish oil pills. my skin feels tight and dry. I don’t know what to do or what to eat. I don’t leave my house a lot and don’t exercise a lot, I don’t have a car anymore. do I need something for fiber or a whey protein


Hi, firstly is there any reason you cut all wheat and potatoes from your diet. If there isn’t a specific medical reason or allergy, I am not a fan of completely cutting foods out of your diet. In the long term it can be difficult to sustain. From your description of dry tight skin and the diet you outlined I suspect that you have cut too much fat from your diet and more specifically the good fats. For good skin health its very important to consume healthy fats such as Omega-3’s from fish and Olive Oil. Evening Primrose oil which contains Gamma Linolenic acid and has anti-inflammatory benefits. I would suggest when cooking or making salad dressings you use olive oil instead of regular vegetable oil which is right in Omega 6’s which we consume in excess and promote inflammation. If you can afford it you may want to consider using Udo’s oil. It is a excellent blend of Omega 3,6 and 9 plus GLA. It can be used on salads and cooking but not for frying. Consuming oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines in olive oil will also provide the fatty acids you need. Consuming walnuts and flaxseeds can provide a rich source of good fatty acids and some fiber. Regarding vegetables, I would try and consume more that just tomatoes as your vegetable, because in fact tomatoes are a fruit despite being considered a vegetable!! Eat some darky leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach, these are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber too. I would recommend that you do try and exercise, as exercise helps optimise hormone levels which can also have a benefit on your skin as well as your strength. Even if you are able to do five minutes of exercise every day at home this will be of benefit. To aid in building muscle try and do your exercise before you are about to have a meal. Make the meal a protein rich meal so that following your exercise bout your body will make best use of the protein in that meal to build muscle.